Fun fact: "Life of Pi" won the most Oscars at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24 with four total, one more than Best Picture winner "Argo." Which isn't to say everyone in Hollywood was a fan. Take cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the man famous for shooting films by Wong Kar-Wai, who called the Best Cinematography Oscar won by "Life of Pi" "a f--king insult to cinematography."
In an interview with Blouin, Doyle went off on the Academy Award win by Claudio Miranda, in part because "Life of Pi" was created with so many visual effects. (Ang Lee's film also won the Best Visual Effects Oscar.)
"I'm sure he's a wonderful guy and I'm sure he cares so much, but since 97 percent of the film is not under his control, what the f--k are you talking about cinematography," Doyle said. "I'm sorry. I have to be blunt and I don’t care, you can write it."
In a statement to HuffPost Entertainment, Miranda relayed the following thoughts about Doyle's comments: "I'm sorry he feels that way."
Miranda beat Janusz Kaminski ("Lincoln"), Robert Richardson ("Django Unchained"), Roger Deakins ("Skyfall") and Seamus McGarvey ("Anna Karenina") for the Oscar, but Doyle wasn't necessarily surprised with the win.
"No it's not a strange choice if you understand how f--ked up people are and how lost they are," he said about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and, it seems, human beings in general. "You bail out your bankers, support your rich people, you say Spielberg and Tarantino are the gods of cinema. Hey, good luck."
The last traditional Hollywood movie Doyle shot was "The Lady in the Water" in 2006, though he does have the highly anticipated indie film "Magic Magic," with Michael Cera, due out in theaters this year.
For more from Doyle's unfiltered interview, head over to Blouin.
[via Indiewire/The Playlist]
The original post has been updated to include a response from Claudio Miranda.